Post-Masters DNP

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Transform Health as a Nurse Leader

Become the nurse leader you were meant to be. Our Post-Master's DNP Program prepares nurses to lead systems innovation, inter professional teams and influence health policy.


Recognized as one of the nation’s leading nursing schools and DNP Programs, our Post-Master's DNP program delivers a world-class education that will help you stay on the forefront of the ever-changing health care landscape.

Our students come from all over the nation. Many continue working full-time and can successfully balance a rigorous doctoral program, demanding career, and family commitments. The program educates students to become forward-thinking health care leaders who can analyze situations from diverse perspectives and create effective solutions to most pressing challenges within populations and the healthcare system.  

This program offers immersion experiences, engaging multi-modal content, and live class sessions. Students engage 1:1 with their faculty who are personally invested in their leadership development, scholarship endeavors and future success.

Program Director

Suzanne L. Staebler DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
Clinical Professor | Office of Academic Advancement

*Please email with application questions.  


Benefits of an Emory Post-Master's DNP
  • Attend distance-friendly classes and complete coursework from anywhere in the U.S.
  • Students can continue to work full-time while advancing their education and careers.
  • Gain leadership skills that can be applied immediately.
  • Network with faculty and peers in immersion experiences on-campus and online.
  • Earn your DNP in as few as 4 semesters or up to 7semesters.  
  • Learn from our nationally renowned faculty.
  • Join a community of more than 12,000 nursing alumni worldwide.


Admission Requirements

  • MSN Degree in Nursing from an accredited College or University (APRN or Nursing Administration/Management)
  • Unencumbered RN license in the state(s) in which you will be completing your clinical training/project
  • Out of state students should check with their state board of nursing to confirm state authorization and State Board of Nursing requirements are met prior to enrollment.
  • Nursing practice experience
  • Verification of graduate clinical hours from MSN program

*Applicants who do not have APRN licensure/certification, or who earned fewer than 500 graduate level nursing clinical hours as part of their Master’s degree, will be considered on a case by case basis.


  • Application for Admission
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from each school attended
  • Curricula Vitae or resume
  • Personal statement describing why you want to pursue a DNP degree, why you desire to attend the Emory DNP program, and your project interests for practice, process, or systems-based health and healthcare improvement (500 words)
  • Professional references, one from program director (if graduated within the last 3yrs); one from previous faculty; one from current employer/physician collaborator
  • Students with international nursing degrees must provide an evaluation from Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools ( for previous nursing coursework.
  • Students with international transcripts for non-nursing degrees must provide an evaluation from World Education Services ( for previous non-nursing coursework.
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores are required if English is a second language. Read Emory University's accepted tests policy here.
Transcript Submission Process

Preferred method: Choose Emory University - School of Nursing in the electronic transcript systems or have your school email your official transcripts to

If your school does not participate in the electronic transcript system or cannot email your transcripts then please have them mail a hard copy to:

Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Emory University
1520 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322

*Please note that all courses and degrees in the application checklist must be verified by the Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs before they are marked as received. Please allow 2-4 weeks after all transcripts are received.

Schedule Details

What are On-Campus Sessions?

On-Campus sessions, also called “Semester Saturdays,” will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. (EST). The format will be business conference style with students attending class in the NHWSN building. Attire will be business casual for students and agendas will include: DNP student presentations, group work and special interactive presentations with renowned guest speakers. On-campus sessions may also include advising as needed.

On-campus sessions will take place on the following days:

Summer 2021
Saturday, July 10 (Virtual)  

Fall 2021
Saturday, September 18, 2021 *Location TBD
Saturday, October 23, 2021 *Location TBD

Spring 2022
Saturday, February 5, 2022  *Location TBD
Saturday, March 19, 2022  *Location TBD

Summer 2022
Saturday, July 9, 2022 *Location TBD

Fall 2022
Saturday, September 17, 2022
Saturday, October 15, 2022

Spring 2023
Saturday, February 11, 2023
Saturday, March 18, 2023

Summer 2023
Saturday, June 24, 2023

This is a hybrid program with both online and face to face interaction during every semester. Each Fall and Spring semester students and faculty will meet for two on-campus sessions. During the Summer semester, there is one on-campus session.

Distance Accessibility in Your State

Applicants to any of our distance-accessible courses/programs that may lead to professional licensure or certification should become familiar with the regulations governing distance accessible programs in their state. Licensure requirements vary from state to state and by professional organization. Emory is working toward developing a database to provide this information. Prospective students residing in states other than Georgia and those states identified, should contact their state’s Board of Nursing and Department of Education for specific rules and regulations pertaining to completion of clinical learning experiences in that state when enrolled in a distance-accessible program.

Mission / Vision / Values

Our Mission
Educate visionary nurse leaders and scholars
Generate and apply knowledge
Transform nursing, health, and systems of health care within the local and global community
our Vision
To promote optimal health and wellness for all by creating, changing, and leading through innovative teaching, discovery, nursing practice, and social action in our local and global communities.
Our Values
To promote optimal health and wellness for all by creating, changing, and leading through innovative teaching, discovery, nursing practice, and social action in our local and global communities.
We believe the only way forward is to share what we know and work together, across communities, perspectives, and cultures.
Social Responsibility
We treat all with respect and dignity and actively engage with others to positively influence health and social justice for all humans.
We use our knowledge and rigor to create the world’s newest and most exciting approaches to health education and health care.
We stand as an example, shaping nursing, health care, and our school through vision, courage, and optimism.